Jord: Dawn of a World
About the Church of the Creators
A religious organization founded on belief in the six deity-figures, and their servants, who are believed to be directly involved with the creation and shaping of Jord. The Church of the Creators believes that their gods and god-servants haven’t abandoned them (or never existed, as some organizations try to claim), but are merely testing them for worthiness, and will reveal themselves to their faithful chosen when the time is right. That some of the servants are still active and about in Jord is an argument used to reinforce the Church’s dogma. The church and its members commonly refers to itself by a shortened form of the full title, “The Creators”.
The Church uses several small parable tomes called the Tree of the Creators, comprised of essays written by the various Councilors throughout history. These essays commonly extol virtues claimed to be possessed by each of the gods and their servants designed to exhort their fellow believers, or to demonstrate an important lesson in line with the church’s theology. Each of these essays is called a Leaf, and is typically titled after the Councilor who penned the original essay. Each Legate is responsible for providing to their Ministers copies of new Leaves that arise from the ascension of a new Councilor after each Legates Council.
The Church clings to these holy books even when events which may be described in the parables or the relationships between the gods described is contradicted by outside sources or other holy orders. Very rarely will the Councilors decry an existing parable as heretical and have it removed from the Tree of the Creators, and usually only in the wake of overwhelming dissent among the Legates.
Local congregations of Creators are led by a Minister. Ministers are simply any member of the church who leads groups of Creators in worship services or study, and commonly are in charge of a single church, or several smaller outreach ministries.
Each Minister in turn has a Legate they can reach out to for guidance or assistance. Legates are tasked with guiding and aiding the Ministers under them, as well as representing those same Ministers at conventions called Legates Councils held every five years at the church headquarters in Jatul’s Shadow. Legates are commonly Ministers who were chosen by their brethren to lead that same group, and must be presented during the next Legates Council and justified by the same Ministers that raised him to Legate. If the justification is accepted by the other gathered Legates as being in good standing of the faith and desirous or the responsibility of watching over those Ministers beneath them, their office is officially recognized. Legates have the power to excommunicate any member who is seen as grievously heretical in belief or actions against other Creators, and refuses to seek repentance.
The Legates are, in turn, led and guided by a group of appointed individuals called Councilors. These Councilors oversee the growth and direction of the church as a whole. The size of the council can fluctuate, but normally numbers five, though no fewer than three or more than nine at any one time. Councilors serve for a period of time that is self determined, with many serving until illness prevents them from continuing their duties, or they die. The Councilors reside in the church headquarters, and are largely responsible for issuing decrees, settling matters of doctrinal interpretation, and passing judgement on cases of extreme heresy. A Legate can be raised to the position of Councilor only during a Legates Council, and must have strong documentation of the strength of his faith, his desire for the betterment of the church, and the prospective Legate must provide to the council his own parable for inclusion into the Leaves of the Creators. If the content of a Leaf is considered heretical, the Legate posing the work to the Councilors will have his bid for Councilorship denied. However, if the existing Councilors find the Legate and his parable acceptable, he becomes a new Councilor, and his former Ministers either raise a new Legate or move their churches under the leadership of another Legate geographically near their location.
The Church of the Creators view their worship not of one aspect or deity within their religion, but of all of the entities as a whole, praying to whichever being or beings seems appropriate to their desires at the time.
The names of the deity-figures and god-servants worshiped by the Church of the Creators, and their aspects and titles as given by the church are as follows:
- Amanita the Harvest – for growth and abundance of plants.
- Cyrith the Warrior – for battle, courage, and valor.
- Draknis the Many – for change.
- Hecasis the Magician – for magic and mysteries.
- Svara the Physician – for health, healing, and fertility.
- Vogg the Malevolence – for chaos.
- Ba’ienrok the Protector, A Servant of Cyrith – for protection in the present life, and guidance in the afterlife.
- Dargothion the Fury, A Servant of Vogg – for power, destruction, and murder.
- Garos the Darkness, A Servant of Vogg – for death, darkness, and secrets.
- Jatul the Mountain, A Servant of Amanita – for stability, constancy, and richness of the earth.
- Rieze the Kind, A Servant of Svara – for kindness, aid, and enrichment.